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Bear-Shaped Dog Update.

Posted on 2007.02.15 at 17:20


Jonathan Andrew Sheen
leviathan0999 at 2007-02-16 08:31 (UTC) (Link)
I didn't even know they had vetrinary oncologists?!?

Yeah, that knocked me for a loop, too!

Now that you know WHAT it is, how do you deal with it? that is going to be the tough part.

Well, I'm not really sure I do know what it is. What I've been able to find thus far is more re-assuring than not. Peripheral nerve-sheath tumors apparently come in "low-grade" adn "high-grade" varieties, and this seems to be a "low-grade" one. Which means that, espeially with the low surgical margins it's somewhat more likely to grow back, but not terribly likely to metastisize. (If I'm reading my research right!)

"What I'll do" is the easy part, though. I'll learn as much as I can about the options, and weigh the potential benefits of treatment against the potential discomfort and -- and I feel like a heel for saying it -- the cost. I love my bear-shaped girl more than life itself, but that doesn't mean I can produce money in unlimited amounts to treat her, and vets, unlike doctors for humans, have no obligation to treat whether they are paid or not. And then I'll make my decision based on my best judgment as to which of the options available to me will give her hte longest period of the most comfortable, happiest life.
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